Nights like we have in late November remind me why I am not a fan of winter.
The icy air nips at my ears as I walk from the clinic, slowly solidifying my fingers in the short walk to the car or tube (depending on my location).
I’m grateful when I get home, throw on woolly pajamas, curl up in a duvet and binge-watch the latest Marvel installment.
Living in London, especially this year, I’m regularly reminded that having a home is a luxury not everyone experiences.
According to the Guardian, England could face its worst winter homelessness crisis in more than two decades this year.
If you’re anything like me, it’s hard to know exactly what to do.
‘Do I give money? Buy some food or a hot drink? If I do anything, am I encouraging them to stay on the street vs going to a shelter or other services for help?’
But you don’t want to do nothing.
And neither do we.
So this year, we are donating a portion of our sales both from appointments and from our holiday sale this December to support our local community homelessness support, Forest Church Emergency Night Shelters.
How Forest Church Emergency Night Shelters Helps the Homeless
Forest Church Emergency Night Shelters (FCENS) is a group of churches around the borough that, during the winter months, donate their church halls to provide a bed and warm meal to people in our community who are sleeping rough or homeless.
Their aim is:
to transform the lives of our beneficiaries in some small way by giving a helping hand at a difficult time of year. Where possible, FCENS helps them to move away from a life on the streets towards a more independent and sustainable lifestyle.
How You Can Help
The good news, if you were already planning on buying a gift voucher for a friend for Christmas or purchasing one of our packages, you’re helping already!
This Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend we’re donating a portion of all revenue from the sales to FCENS.
If you’d like to support FCENS but don’t want to buy anything from us, you can also donate directly by going to the FCENS donation page.
Know Someone Who Needs Help?
FCENS has a caseworker to direct people in need to the appropriate shelter.